Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

The 12th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), created by transgender advocate Rachel Crandall, takes place on March 31, 2021. This day celebrates transgender and non-binary people across the globe and uplifts the community’s triumphs, contributions, and resilience. Advocates use the day to bring attention to the discrimination facing the community, while recognizing transgender and non-binary people’s successes in fighting for justice, self-determination, and gender equality.

We hope you can join one of the events below! If you know of an event that is not listed, please fill out this form, and we will be sure to add it. All events are virtual or practicing COVID-19 precautions if in-person.

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Hampton Roads

Transgender Day of Visibility 2021
Wednesday, March 31 from 11:00am-8:00pm
Facebook Live

Celebrate with us online during the day as we host a showcase of transgender talents through art, poetry, music, performances, and a display of skills of all kinds! Interested in being featured? Apply here: tinyurl.com/TDOV2021HR

11 AM • Trans Artists & Performers
7-8 PM • Panel • Trans Life in Hampton Roads

Hosted by Myrl Beam, Ph.D. on FB Live, this panel will feature four local transgender people of color discussing their experiences living in the 757 along with a short Q&A.  Join them for the debut of the podcast Transcripts: The South Deserves People Like Me – an exploration of home, family, and belonging through a trans of color lens. Learn more: bit.ly/transcriptspod

This event is hosted by Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Hampton Roads Pride, International Black Women’s Congress – EPIC Transwomen of Color Alliance (TWCA) Ladiez Night, PFLAG Norfolk/Hampton Roads, the LGBT Life Center, Samaritan House, and New Life Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Hampton Roads. 

Transgender Day of Visibility
Wednesday, March 31 from 12:00-7:00pm
Southeastern Transgender Resource Center
3519 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508

This in-person event is hosted by the Southeastern Transgender Resource Center. Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe, and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically.  Giving back to the community! Free Food * Prizes * HIV Testing with Incentives * Special Non-Profit Vendors. You can also call with questions at 757-937-3196.

Northern Virginia

Fredericksburg Transgender Day of Visibility
Wednesday, March 31 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sedona Taphouse
591 William St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

This event is hosted by the Rappahannock Region Transgender Group (RRTG). As a celebration of being able to be ourselves in public spaces, we are gathering at a local restaurant for drinks, food, and community. Our goal is to not only show the local area that we do exist in the Fredericksburg area, but that we are people that deserve the decency and respect to live our lives as our true selves. There will not be a ceremony or other proceeding, just a good time and hopefully some nice weather. We will be following all local and state public health guidelines for eating at a public restaurant. You do not need to be an RRTG member to attend, but please RSVP  to [email protected] so we know how many people are coming.

Transgender Day of Visibility Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 31 from 7:00 – 8:00pm
Online event

This event is hosted by Equality Loudoun. Featuring a gender-diverse panels of individuals, we will be hosting a moderated panel where participants will discuss issues faced by the transgender and non-binary community, personal stories, and perspectives on local issues.

For the purposes of the discussion, the safety of our panelists is our top priority. This event will be heavily moderated and all questions shall be submitted directly to the moderator during the event for the Question & Answer section. Any harassment, unfavorable language, or offensive activity will be removed from the discussion without notice at the discretion of the moderator. To sign up, please use this link: https://forms.gle/4r7htkbUAKQqBWJj8

Trans Women Awareness Event
Sunday, April 18 from 1:00-4:00pm
Courtyard by Marriot, Fredericksburg Historic District
620 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA

FAHASS, Mosaic Care Center, and RCASA will be presenting on Transwomen unique risks to HIV and HIV knowledge, Transwomen health care, and Transwomen risk for sexual abuse accordingly.
Assistance with makeup and giveaways will be available to include t-shirts or sweatshirts, a cosmetics eyeshadow palette, and other local resources information. An eye shadow demo will be done.

Richmond

March Transgender Awareness Program / Trans Day of Celebration Worship
Thursday, March 4 at 6:30pm
Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm
Zoom

This event is hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of  Richmond. Come prepared to learn and experience a time of solidarity and support. Join us for unique stories and a worship service to celebrate our increasing awareness and appreciation for the contributions of transgender individuals. 

This three week program will be conducted on Zoom. Space is limited to 50 individuals for each evening. To register, please visit mccrichmond.org/march-trans-aware-2021 and a confirmation email with details will be sent to your email. You can also call the church office at 804-353-9477. here is no charge for the events, but contributions to MCC Richmond are welcome and appreciated through the website at mccrichmond.org/giving.

March Topic: International Trans Day of Visibility
Tuesday, March 9 from 7:00-9:00pm
Zoom

This event is hosted by the Richmond Transformers. International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The topic for our March 2021 meeting is this day. How will you be celebrating? Who should we be more aware of? Feel free to bring up questions that are off topic as well. This meeting will be held via Zoom – please contact Ted Heck at [email protected] for the link.

Transgender Day of Visibility Storytelling Project
March 12 – March 31
Facebook: @Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Instagram: @VirginiaAVP
Website: virginiaavp.org

This is a narrative driven storytelling campaign hosted by the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. We are asking participants to follow the link to submit a short response around the Trans experience, anything from a poem to a personal anecdote or story is encouraged: bit.ly/TDOVVAVP2021. We offered a series of prompts, from gender euphoria to healthy trans love, but any and all submissions are welcome. We want diverse and joyful stories, not only to share and disseminate on March 31st, but for our own internal purposes as we continue to grow with our community. There are also spaces in the form to be used for feedback for how VAVP can continue to best support our Trans clients, as well as to submit a video, audio file, or picture if the individual so wishes!

He She Ze and We Support Meeting: Panel of Guest Speakers
Thursday, March 18 from 7:00-8:15pm
Zoom (registration required)

He She Ze and We is hosting a virtual event open to family members of transgender and/or nonbinary individuals. We will listen and learn about the unique experiences of our panel of guest speakers followed by Q & A. Register by using this link to fill out new family form: heshezewe.org/contact.

Sisters not Cisters: Redefining Our Narrative of Sisterhood
Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30pm
Facebook Live: facebook.com/AimToinspireWithus

This event is hosted by Nationz Foundation and Mind Body & Soul. Join us March 24, 2021 for this amazing panel discussion on redefining our narrative of sisterhood! Follow Nationz Foundation on Facebook to view the livestream.

Thriving in Recovery: The importance of Trans Visibility in Recovery Communities
Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00-7:30pm

This event is hosted by Peter’s Place RVA and The Welleness Cooperative. To celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, this panel will discuss the accomplishments and the need for visibility of trans identified individuals individuals in recovery spaces. Register at www.thewellcoop.com/events.

Trans Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 31 from 8:00-9:00pm
Facebook Live: facebook.com/AimToinspireWithus
Instagram Live: @Nationzfoundation

This event is hosted by Nationz Foundation. This panel discussion for Transgender Day of Visibility will bring together Trans men and Trans women to discuss: “What’s it like being Trans in Virginia?” Follow Nationz Foundation on Facebook to view the livestream.

Shenandoah Valley

Mama Gloria Screening for Transgender Day of Visibility
Wednesday, March 31 from 6:30-8:00pm
Online Watch Party

Mama Gloria is a feature documentary about Gloria Allen, a trailblazing 74-year-old Black transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace. It is the story of a mother’s love — the love that Gloria’s mother had for her and the love that Gloria has for her chosen children. And it is fueled by the love that filmmaker Luchina Fisher has for her teenage transgender daughter, Gia. Luchina will be joining us for a follow-up discussion on April 3, stay tuned!

Join the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center community for a special screening of this landmark documentary
in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility. This online viewing party is free to attend, but donations to the Center and its programs are welcomed. Register today!

Statewide or Regional

Transparent: A TDOV Conversation with Trans Masculine Folx about Our Visibility & Representation
Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm
Zoom

We see us. As Black and Brown trans masculine folx, we build families and communities and are an intricate and dynamic part of society. But, do we see visible representations of ourselves in the media?

Can we turn on the TV or put on a movie that reflects our lived experiences? How about a book? Or, play?

Are we seeing ourselves reflected in the leadership of nonprofit organizations that claim to serve our communities?
Where are black and brown trans men being celebrated?

In honor of Trans Day of Visibility #TDOV, join us and community pillars from up and down the east coast to have a community conversation about visibility and representation of black and brown transmasculine folx.

What do we want visibility to look like for our communities?

What in the world needs to shift for us to be more visible and safer?

We are our brother’s and sibling’s keepers. How do some of us who have been called to lead and represent step up?
How do others support the visionaries?

What does it look like for us to heal with one another and build the World that we want?

Let’s talk about all of this… and then some, for real.

Trans Day of Visibility Leadership Roundtable
Wednesday, March 31 from 5:30-6:30pm
WebEx

This event is hosted by the Office if the Secretary of the Commonwealth, as a joint event between the Directors of LGBTQ+ Outreach and Women’s Outreach. Join us for a Women’s History Month Trans Day of Visibility Leadership Roundtable with remarks from Delegate Danica Roem and featuring panelists: Zakia McKensey from Nationz Foundation, Alexis Blackmon from Casa Ruby, Morgen Hunt from Horizon Paramedical, LLC, and Bianca Rey from Kaiser Permanente (and an EV Board member). Free registration: tinyurl.com/VATransVisbility.